- Associated Press - Monday, January 11, 2016

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Leaders in religion, business and higher education in western Michigan are hailing the generosity and public service of Ralph Hauenstein, who died at age 103.

Hauenstein was a World War II veteran who owned several businesses in the Grand Rapids area. His philanthropy included millions of dollars for Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College and Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

Hauenstein’s family announced his death Sunday. Grand Valley President Thomas Haas described him as an “extraordinary individual” and man of “great honor.” The school’s Center for Presidential Studies is named for him.

President Gerald Ford was a lifelong friend who once called Hauenstein a “true American hero.” The Grand Rapids Press says Hauenstein was deeply involved in a critical secret effort to break German codes during World War II.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, https://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids

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